Chelsea F.C. Reserves and Academy

Chelsea F.C. Reserves and Academy
Full name Chelsea Football Club Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s) The Blues
The Young Blues
Douser's Barmy Army
Ground Recreation Ground
Cobham Training Centre
Stamford Bridge
Ground Capacity 7,100 (Recreation Ground)
41,663 (Stamford Bridge)
Owner Roman Abramovich
Chairman Bruce Buck
Manager Adrian Viveash (U23)
Jody Morris (U18)
League Professional U23 Development League League 1 (reserves)
Professional U18 Development League League 1 (academy)

Chelsea F.C. Reserves are the under-23 team of Chelsea Football Club. They play in Division 1 of the Professional U23 Development League, which is the top level of reserve football in England. They were the Champions in the 2013–14 season. The team mainly consists of Under-21 players at the club, although senior players occasionally have an appearance, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The under-23 team is coached by Adrian Viveash.

Chelsea F.C. Academy are the under-18 team of Chelsea Football Club. It is a member of the Professional U18 Development League. They have won the FA Youth Cup in 1960, 1961, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and ended being runners-up in 1958, 2008 and 2013. The youth team is coached by Joe Edwards. The academy is regarded as one of the best in English football [1] and has produced many successful players such as the brothers Ron and Allan Harris, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Tambling, Barry Bridges, Bert Murray, John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Ray Wilkins, Graeme Le Saux, Bobby Smith, Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves, and John Terry.

Neil Bath is the Head of Youth Development who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academy along with Michael Emenalo who is the current Technical Director, having been promoted from Assistant First Team Coach, and largely responsible for exploring and recruiting new players around the world.

From 2013–14 season, the under-23 team play their home games at Aldershot Town's Recreation Ground. The under-18 team play their home games at the club's Cobham Training Centre at Cobham in Surrey. Both teams occasionally use the club's home ground Stamford Bridge for important matches.

U23 squad

As of 8 November 2016.[2][3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
27 Netherlands MF Marco van Ginkel
33 England DF Fikayo Tomori
42 England GK Bradley Collins
43 England DF Fankaty Dabo
44 Ecuador MF Josimar Quintero
45 England MF Mukhtar Ali
46 England MF Isaac Christie-Davies
48 England DF Jay Dasilva
49 Switzerland MF Miro Muheim
50 Scotland MF Ruben Sammut
51 United States MF Kyle Scott
No. Position Player
52 Sweden DF Ali Suljić
53 England MF Charlie Wakefield
54 England DF Trevoh Chalobah
55 Sweden DF Joseph Colley
58 England MF Jacob Maddox
60 England MF Mason Mount
63 England GK Jared Thompson
64 England FW Iké Ugbo
72 England DF Dujon Sterling
England DF Todd Kane
Belgium MF Tika Musonda

U18 squad

As of 14 October 2016.[4][5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
56 Wales DF Cole Dasilva
57 England DF Josh Grant
59 England MF Luke McCormick
61 England DF Richard Nartey
62 Scotland MF Harvey St Clair
65 Netherlands MF Juan Castillo
66 England GK Jamie Cumming
67 England MF Conor Gallagher
68 England DF Marc Guehi
No. Position Player
69 England MF Reece James
70 England MF George McEachran
73 England FW Martell Taylor-Crossdale
74 England MF Tariq Uwakwe
75 Poland GK Marcin Bułka
76 England DF Jonathan Panzo
77 England FW Malakai Hinckson-Mars
England FW Charlie Brown

Notable Academy graduates

Graduates of Chelsea's academy and 'A' teams who won at least one full international cap. NB: Bold players are still playing for the club, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs.

Young Player of the Year


Year Winner
1983England Keith Dublin
1984England Robert Isaac
1985England Gareth Hall
1986England Mick Bodley
1987England Jason Cundy
1988Scotland Eddie Cunnington
1989----- No award -----
1990----- No award -----
1991England Andy Myers
1992England Zeke Rowe
1993England Neil Shipperley
1994England Mark Nicholls
1995Republic of Ireland Chris McCann
1996England Jody Morris
1997England Nick Crittenden
1998England John Terry
1999Italy Samuele Dalla Bona
Year Winner
2000England Rhys Evans
2001England Leon Knight
2002England Carlton Cole
2003Germany Robert Huth
2004Germany Robert Huth
2005Germany Robert Huth
2006France Lassana Diarra
2007Nigeria John Obi Mikel
2008England The U18s youth team
2009England Michael Mancienne
2010England The U18s youth team
2011England Josh McEachran
2012Brazil Lucas Piazon
2013Netherlands Nathan Aké
2014England Lewis Baker
2015France Kurt Zouma
2016England Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Academy Player of the Year

Year Winner
2015England Dominic Solanke
2016England Fikayo Tomori

Academy graduates (1992–present)

— Academy graduates who still play for Chelsea, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are in bold.
— Updated 20 September 2016[6]
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
England Neil Shipperley Retired England Chatham England U21 Age 18 v Southampton, 10 Apr. 1993 David Webb
England Michael Duberry Retired England Enfield England U21 Age 18 v Coventry City, 4 May. 1994 Glenn Hoddle
England Jody Morris Retired England Hammersmith England U21 Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 4 Feb. 1996
England Mark Nicholls Retired England Hillingdon Age 19 v Leicester City, 12 Oct. 1996 Ruud Gullit
England Neil Clement Retired England Reading England U18 Age 19 v West Ham United, 21 Dec. 1996
England Paul Hughes Retired England Hammersmith Age 21 v Derby County, 18 Jan. 1997
Republic of Ireland Nick Colgan Retired Republic of Ireland Drogheda Full Ireland Caps Age 24 v West Ham United, 12 Mar. 1997
England Joe Sheerin Retired England Hammersmith Age 18 v Wimbledon, 22 Apr. 1997
Scotland Steven Hampshire Retired Scotland Edinburgh Age 16 v Blackburn Rovers, 15 Oct. 1997
England Nick Crittenden England Dorchester Town England Bracknell Age 19 v Southampton, 19 Nov. 1997
England Jon Harley Retired England Maidstone England U21 Age 19 v Derby County, 5 Apr. 1998 Gianluca Vialli
England John Terry England Chelsea England Barking Full England Caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 28 Oct. 1998
Finland Mikael Forssell Finland HJK Germany Steinfurt Full Finland Caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 31 Jan. 1999
England Rob Wolleaston Retired England Perivale Age 19 v Huddersfield Town, 13 Oct. 1999
Italy Samuele Dalla Bona Retired Italy San Donà di Piave Italy U21 Age 18 v Feyenoord, 24 Nov. 1999
England Leon Knight Retired England Hackney England U20 Age 19 v Levski Sofia, 27 Sep. 2001 Claudio Ranieri
England Joel Kitamirike Retired Uganda Kampala Age 18 v Hapoel Tel Aviv, 18 Oct. 2001
England Joe Keenan Retired England Southampton Age 19 v Aston Villa, 9 Feb. 2002
England Carlton Cole Unattached England Croydon Full England Caps Age 18 v Everton, 6 Apr. 2002
Germany Robert Huth England Leicester City Germany Berlin Full Germany Caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 11 May. 2002
Portugal Filipe Oliveira Hungary Videoton Portugal Braga Portugal U21 Age 18 v Viking, 19 Sep. 2002
Cyprus Alexis Nicolas Retired England Westminster Cyprus U21 Age 20 v Scarborough, 24 Jan. 2004
Scotland Steven Watt England Hastings United Scotland Aberdeen Scotland U21 Age 19 v Scunthorpe United, 8 Jan. 2005 José Mourinho
England Anthony Grant England Port Vale England Lambeth England U19 Age 17 v Manchester United, 10 May. 2005
England Lenny Pidgeley England Hastings United England Twickenham England U20 Age 21 v Charlton Athletic, 7 May. 2005
England Jimmy Smith England Crawley Town England Newham England U19 Age 19 v Newcastle United, 7 May. 2006
Israel Ben Sahar Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel Holon Full Israel Caps Age 18 v Macclesfield Town, 6 Jan. 2007
England Michael Woods England Hartlepool United England York England U19 Age 16 v Macclesfield Town, 6 Jan. 2007
England Scott Sinclair Scotland Celtic England Bath England U21 Age 17 v Wycombe Wanderers, 10 Jan. 2007
England Sam Hutchinson England Sheffield Wednesday England Windsor England U19 Age 17 v Everton, 13 May. 2007 Avram Grant
Slovakia Miroslav Stoch Turkey Fenerbahçe Slovakia Nitra Full Slovakia Caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 30 Nov. 2008 Luiz Felipe Scolari
England Michael Mancienne England Nottingham Forest England Feltham England U21 Age 21 v Watford, 14 Feb. 2009 Guus Hiddink
Italy Fabio Borini England Sunderland Italy Bentivoglio Full Italy Caps Age 18 v Tottenham Hotspur, 20 Sep. 2009 Carlo Ancelotti
Netherlands Jeffrey Bruma Germany VfL Wolfsburg Netherlands Rotterdam Full Netherlands Caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 24 Oct. 2009
France Gaël Kakuta China Hebei China Fortune France Lille France U21 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 21 Nov. 2009
Netherlands Patrick van Aanholt England Sunderland Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Full Netherlands Caps Age 19 v Portsmouth, 24 Mar. 2010
England Josh McEachran England Brentford England Oxford England U21 Age 17 v MŠK Žilina, 15 Sep. 2010
England Jacob Mellis England Bury England Nottingham England U19 Age 19 v MŠK Žilina, 23 Nov. 2010
England Ryan Bertrand England Southampton England Southwark Full England Caps Age 21 v Birmingham City, 20 Apr. 2011
Brazil Lucas Piazon England Fulham Brazil São Paulo Brazil U23 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 25 Sep. 2012 Roberto Di Matteo
Netherlands Nathan Aké England Bournemouth Netherlands The Hague Netherlands U21 Age 17 v Norwich City, 26 Dec. 2012 Rafael Benítez
Czech Republic Tomáš Kalas England Fulham Czech Republic Olomouc Full Czech Republic Caps Age 20 v Arsenal, 29 Oct. 2013 José Mourinho
England Lewis Baker Netherlands Vitesse England Luton England U21 Age 18 v Derby County, 5 Jan. 2014
England John Swift England Reading England Portsmouth England U21 Age 18 v Cardiff City, 11 May. 2014
England Dominic Solanke England Chelsea England Basingstoke England U21 Age 17 v Maribor, 21 Oct. 2014
Denmark Andreas Christensen Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Denmark Lillerød Full Denmark Caps Age 18 v Shrewsbury Town, 28 Oct. 2014
England Ruben Loftus-Cheek England Chelsea England Lewisham England U21 Age 18 v Sporting Lisbon, 10 Dec. 2014
England Isaiah Brown England Rotherham United England Peterborough England U19 Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 18 May. 2015
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Netherlands Ajax Burkina Faso Bobo-Dioulasso Full Burkina Faso Caps Age 20 v Maccabi Tel Aviv, 16 Sep. 2015
England Jake Clarke-Salter England Bristol Rovers England Carshalton England U19 Age 18 v Aston Villa, 2 Apr. 2016 Guus Hiddink
England Tammy Abraham England Bristol City England London England U21 Age 18 v Liverpool, 11 May. 2016
England Fikayo Tomori England Chelsea Canada Calgary England U20 Age 18 v Leicester City, 15 May. 2016
England Ola Aina England Chelsea England London England U21 Age 19 v Bristol Rovers, 23 Aug. 2016 Antonio Conte
England Nathaniel Chalobah England Chelsea Sierra Leone Freetown England U21 Age 21 v Leicester City, 20 Sep. 2016


Reserves Team

Academy Team


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  2. "Chelsea F.C. Under-23 Squad". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
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